New York Times v. Sullivan at 50: A Look Back and the Road Ahead

  • Legal Skills

Why You Should Attend

No judicial decision has been more influential in defining the "central meaning of the First Amendment" than Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.'s opinion for the United States Supreme Court in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. In the fifty years since it was decided, Sullivan has transformed both our national understanding of the "freedom of speech or of the press" and the litigation of claims for defamation, invasion of privacy and related torts. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of what one prominent scholar famously deemed "an occasion for dancing in the streets," PLI has assembled the leading practitioners, scholars, authors and experts on the case to discuss its ongoing significance and impact on our law.

What You Will Learn

  • What did the Supreme Court accomplish in Sullivan and why?
  • How has the case transformed our conception of the First Amendment?
  • How has it and its progeny revolutionized the litigation of defamation cases?
  • What is its ongoing relevance in a digital world?

Who Should Attend

Firm attorneys, in-house counsel and allied professionals who practice in the fields of media and First Amendment law.

Cost: $875*
*PLI Offers Scholarships
Full and partial scholarships are available for judges, judicial law clerks, law professors, law students, attorneys 65 or older, law librarians, attorneys who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys. Please apply early as space may be limited for this seminar. See the attached scholarship application.

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PLI's live programs are approved in all states that require mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys. Please visit our website for additional State CLE information.

  • CLE Credit Comments: PLI programs qualify for credit in all states that require mandatory continuing legal education for attorneys. CLE-NY Credits Credit Status: Approved Transitional: No Total Credits: 3.50 Professional Practice: 3.50 CLE-NJ Credits Credit Status: Approved Total Credits: 3.60 General: 3.60
  • Contact:
    Leonard McKenzie
    Practising Law Institute
  • Website:
  • Attachment(s): Scholarship_Application 2014.pdf